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  1. GG Riva

    Aberdeen - idiots

    The thread title sums it up quite succinctly.
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    OFW signs

    Steve Ratomski, I mind him well. He took that excellent QAHS team which starred Maurice Malpas and Jim Dobbin along with another teacher with a Tom Selleck moustache - I think his name was Ally Hunter. That QA team got to the Scottish schools U-14 Cup Final. St Columba's, starring Kenny Ward, knocked them out of the Fife Times Cup semi-final at U-16 in a ding dong game, 4-3. Stevie and Ally weren't best pleased with the ref. Saints beat Inverkeithing 2-0 in the final. They had Gordon Durie and Craig Levein in their team, but weren't as good as QA.
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    Photo of the week

    Yes, Josh is an all round, great wee guy. His enthusiasm for football is so infectious, that helps make him stand out captain material. Delighted for him and Harrogate.
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    Danny Rose Interview

    I'm genuinely astounded by your post, 1950Par. You say it's down to individual interpretation. I'd love to hear the logic underlying your conclusion that I don't like black people. Am I obsessed with race because I posted on this topic more than once? No, but I am concerned as to why a number of prominent politicians stoked up the inherent xenophobia among a section of the electorate, by leading them to believe that a vote for Brexit would help to reduce the number of foreigners entering the UK. (A man I know told me he voted for Brexit because there are too many Muslims in this country. I asked him which part of Europe he thought they'd come from. That stumped him.) We're now inching towards a No Deal Brexit - something Parliament was dead set against a year ago. 21 Tory MPs voted with the opposition. Where are they now? No Deal will mean a shortage of food and medical supplies, dearer foreign travel with long queues, etc. Our political leaders are elected to act in the best interests of their citizens - this Government clearly has its own agenda and it doesn't include the average citizen, but there will be some who will make a lot of money out of this. The pandemic is distracting everyone from the real issues, which will still be with us when Covid-19 has been vanquished. The national media has been preoccupied with the pandemic, so the Government has had a very easy ride concerning its lack of effort in the post Brexit arrangement negotiations. Am I influenced by ''Bloody Foreigners'' by Robert Winder. Guilty as charged, m'lud. It's a wonderful, uplifting account of the history of immigration to Britain and d'you know what? It's very sympathetic towards immigrants, (like me) including those of non Caucasian origin. Have I been in a cupboard for 6 months? I'm sorry, you've lost me there. Perhaps you can illuminate me?
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    Is there no end to this man's stupidity? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/04/donald-trump-on-the-ropes-in-interview-over-us-covid-19-death-toll It would be comedy gold if he wasn't the President of the good old US of A. I wouldn't bet against him winning a second term. The fact that this is a distinct possibility speaks volumes about the American electorate. And we needn't feel too smug either. That Buffoon in 10 Downing Street is likely to be in charge of the UK for most of this decade. Where did I put my happy pills? ☹
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    Danny Rose Interview

    I'm not trying to deliberately be controversial, but the Brexit vote suggested that England has a higher proportion of the population who hold right wing, xenophobic views. One of the main planks used by Brexiteers like Johnson and Farage was "take back control" (of UK borders among other things.) It's not too much of a stretch to imagine that many in this same group will have a racist, we don't like bloody foreigners,* outlook. The police psyche seems to be that if a black man is driving a fancy car it's probably been stolen. They'll be able to justify that by pointing to the crime figures in which young black males are implicated, but of course there are many different reasons for that. *Being born in the UK is of no consequence to these people if your skin isn't white.
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    OFW signs

    He brings a lot of experience to his dual role and will be able to pass that on to Gill and Swinton to help them improve. Who will coach him though?
  8. Thought about putting this on the football forum as it would get more views and he is a footballer, but that's probably irrelevant. I found it disturbing but not at all surprising. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/53641559 Should he just shut up and keep taking the money? Is he exaggerating the police response? Are our English cousins more overtly racist than the Scots?
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    Scotland! Scotland!

    Brian Rice, NEALE Cooper* and Sir Fergie weren't capped at full international level. All others are correct. Neil Cooper is a different player. Never played for Scotland or the Pars.
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    John Holt played mainly as the sweeper in central defence for the Pars. A very good, intelligent player with good awareness and positional sense. I think he has a league winners from his time at Tannadice.
  11. Just about any ''song'' by William Shatner, of Captain James T Kirk and T J Hooker fame. I only ever heard one and it was truly awful. I just googled him to get the song's name, only to find that he's ''covered'', or accurately murdered, dozens of good songs. Its err, singing, but not as we know it. 🤔
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    Scotland! Scotland!

    No, they may have played for the Pars, before or after they were capped in that 60 year period covered by my book. (1946-2006) I make it 23 players in total, only 4 of whom were capped while playing for the Pars. Good start there, al k. Eta Make that 24. Whittaker doesn't count as he played for Scotland after 2006. 🙂
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    Scotland! Scotland!

    This is the title of a book published in 2006. It is essentially a catalogue of the 480 players who have represented Scotland at full international level in the 60 years from 1946. A good number of the players featured also played for the Pars at some stage of their careers. How many can you name?
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    Goalkeeper Situation

    Gill could be a good keeper for us, but he needs a continuous run of games to give him confidence and experience. I don't think he's had more than 4 or 5 consecutive starts in his 11 appearances to date. He said to me that he was at fault for both goals v Dundee United and deserved to be dropped, so he doesn't have any illusions about his ability. Bringing in Williams and keeping Gill as a back up will really set his confidence back I think, as it will tell him the manager doesn't think he's good enough to be our 1st choice. I hope he gets his chance and grabs it. It's amazing what a couple of shut outs could do for his confidence.
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    Goalkeeper Situation

    Should SC try and bring in Owain Fon Williams on a permanent deal as our No. 1? He is more experienced than Gill and has a greater physical presence, but is he a better keeper?